Comparison of Blogger vs. WordPress.com

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Comparison of Blogger vs. WordPress.comBlogger and WordPress have emerged as two of the top blogging platforms. Though there are differences of opinion when it comes to rating one above the other, their mutual dominance cannot be challenged.

Both of these services offer almost the same in terms of what we want as users; that is, a place where we can express our writing freely. But if we compare the two, there are some primary differences between them:

1. Freely available tools

Being a commercial enterprise, those who put their effort into the open source, and free-to-download WordPress, can make some money from it. Though WordPress.com makes it very easy to set up and maintain a blog, it has some limitations for experienced users. Let’s check all the features available with this service.

A free account at WordPress.com offers:

  • A blog, either full-on static or hybrid
  • Free storage up to 3GB for posts and media
  • A tool for linking your blogs with social networks, named Publicize
  • Free visitor tracking statistics
  • Access to numerous non-premium themes (Some can even be customized)
  • WordPress.com access from mobile apps including the iPad, iPhone, Blackberry and Android devices

WordPress also offers many premium upgrades such as: Custom Design, Custom Domains, Guided Transfer, Ad Free, Premium themes, VideoPress and others, which all require a fee to use.

Blogger is non-commercial service, having been acquired by Google in 2003. With some redesigns, and some newly added templates, Blogger is running smooth. The features page of Blogger assures access for users to all of its features, some of which are no longer available. The Blogger presents no upgrades, and charges no fees for adding a custom domain.

The features of Blogger are:

  • A template designer that customizes the appearance of your blog
  • Free hosting, free Blogger (or Blogspot) sub-domain
  • The option of using a custom domain
  • You can add media to your posts, without any quoted maximum storage space
  • Fast and easy access to Google’s advertising plans
  • Static content on your blog
  • Mobile access available through their iPhone and Android apps, and SMS or email blogging is also available

Though WordPress offers plugins and themes, Blogger has much to offer for those looking for a free service.

2. Registration Process

The sign-up process of WordPress is simple. You can open an account by providing your email address, username, password and URL. Blogger, on the other hand, being a Google service just needs a Google account to register. Those who already have an account with Google can sign up instantly. In case you don’t have an account, you simply need to register for the whole package.

WordPress.com does a check on the URL that you enter and will attempt to to sell you their premium domains.

Once your account is created, you can start creating blogs. A Google account offers you the choice of multiple blogs that can be started on the Blogger service. Conversely, each new blog that you open on WordPress.com account can also be linked to your existing account.

3. Creating and managing your first blog

WordPress.com users can start the process of creating anblog as soon as they confirm their email address with the service. Just click the ‘Activate Blog’ link in your email. WordPress with its numerous themes and plugins, is hugely customizable.

Google presents a slight different process for Blogger registration. Choose a profile first on Google+ with your real name and photo. In case you don’t want that, you can create a “limited Blogger profile” and choose to display a name of your choice. Once you set up your profile, you can see the Blogger backend with a list of your blogs (empty for now) along with an area where you can add more blogs. Simply click ‘Create Blog’ to create the first new Blog.

When it comes to managing blogs, both WordPress and Blogger have integrated dashboards from which you can manage your blogs. These dashboards are distinct for each service, and are equally attractive and user-friendly. Both services feature an area where you can read blogs that you follow.

WordPress presents a deep blue theme with an organized layout, with which you can switch between reading, or, while supervising blogs and handling analytics. It also offers a “quick post” button. For Blogger users, all these facilities are available on one page, with a “quick compose” button. These are available next to the blog title only.

On the WordPress dashboard, everything is sorted nicely, which makes it easy for users to find settings. You can easily compose a new post or page, and also mass-edit their content. One main difference between the two is that in WordPress.com you find the Store tab with upgrades, which is not normally available in the self-hosted version of WordPress.

4. Themes and Customizations

When it comes to customizations and themes, both services offer a huge range. But, Blogger’s range is more limited than WordPress. You get access to hundreds of free themes with a free WordPress account that you can use for your site. Additionally, each of the two services is fitted with a theme customizer with which you can further fine-tune your chosen theme.

Both WordPress and Blogger come with basic mobile theme support, which can be either enabled or disabled, as per your choice.

5. Social Media

In terms of social media integration, WordPress rules with the Publicize feature that enables you to connect to social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Tumblr, for automatic sharing. It also offers some very powerful tools. Conversely, Blogger has only Google+, where it works nicely. It doesn’t offer the popular Twitter and Facebook integrations.

6. Writing Posts

WordPress uses two composers – the quick composer and the traditional WordPress post editor. The quick editor works for quick posts, but the main editor works really well, and offers a few extra features. Some of its features are: compose, edit HTML, add media, add tags, format text as well as schedule posts.

Blogger also offers a dynamic composer, which looks like the Google Docs word processor. With this, you can edit HTML on the page, format text, as well as upload and embed videos. Additionally, you can add tags, location, edit the permalink and choose to schedule posts.

Conclusion

In conclusion, both services are great, and also work great on mobile devices. Both are visually pleasing, and offer static websites. If you are looking for a free product, Blogger is the platform to choose. On the other hand, WordPress works best for those who love themes and want an excellent UI and post composer along with user-friendly approach.

– Ady Sachdeva

HR

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